TWO draft plans for two new residential and tourism hubs in Redlands with the potential to grow small business and jobs have been unveiled by Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney.
Mr Seeney said releasing for public consultation draft plans on the development of Toondah Harbour and Weinam Creek Priority Development Areas was a significant step in realising the potential of picturesque Redlands.
Mr Seeney said Redlands development areas would deliver significant gains to tourism and construction as part of the government’s promise to grow a four pillar Queensland economy.
“The draft plans for these areas aim to capture the full potential of these picturesque waterways by making them gateways to the outlying Moreton Bay islands for the local community and tourists to enjoy, Mr Seeney said.
“Development opportunities include mixed use and medium density residential developments at both sites and, for Toondah Harbour, tourism and retail developments, dedicated ferry terminals, a possible private berth marina and new public open spaces.”
Member for Cleveland Mark Robinson said the realease of the draft plan for Toondah harbour was is a great step in the process.
“It will open up the area for both residents and tourists to enjoy and construction will provide a welcome boost to the local economy.
“I was pleased to be able to work proactively with Mr Seeney to bring this to fruition for the greater benefit to the people of Redlands,” Mr Robinson said.
Mr Seeney said establishing Priority Development Areas under the Economic Development Act 2012 was one of the planning reforms he had driven to cut red-tape in the local government system.
“Through the establishment of Priority Development Areas, we are able to work from the ground up giving local councils, communities and businesses the ability to come up with solutions to local planning and development challenges,” he said.
“The Toondah Harbour and Weinam Creek Priority Development Areas were requested by Redland City Council and were declared in June.
“I congratulate Redland City Council for identifying these sites and for their hard work supporting Economic Development Queensland to get the plans to this stage.”
Acting Redland City Mayor, Councillor Alan Beard, urged the community to view the draft plans for two projects that will help shape the future of the city.
“The draft plans are the result of consultation with community and business stakeholders in August,” Mr Beard said.
“These Priority Development Areas mark a coming of age for the Redlands and will boost the city’s tourism credentials – they herald an exciting new era of growth, Cr Beard said.
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